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Dean’s Message

The importance of innovative science and education has never been more apparent, and UCLA Life Sciences is committed to addressing some of the most important questions we face today. I am honored to work with world-renowned faculty who are elucidating the intricate mechanisms of how living systems work…

Our groundbreaking research is leading to better diagnostics and treatments for disease; better strategies to protect our rapidly changing natural environment; a clearer understanding of mental health; and a deeper awareness of the role of science in society. It is my privilege to work alongside amazing instructors who provide a world-class education and research training to our students, with a keen eye toward inclusive teaching practices that foster the intellectual and personal growth of our diverse student body. Our current student body is one of the most racially and socio-economically diverse classes to enroll at UCLA, so the timing could not be better to think about how we approach the learning environment, through a lens of equity and inclusion. We are committed to investing in all of our students knowing they will be our next generation of leaders.

While we face unprecedented times, we have an incredible opportunity to rise to the moment and embrace the challenges before us, creatively and with a sense of purpose.  We aim to be intentional about our scholarship, teaching, and scientific culture and in so doing provide leadership at UCLA and beyond. I invite you to explore for yourself what UCLA Life Sciences has to offer!

Tracy Johnson
Dean, Life Sciences
UCLA College

The Division of Life Sciences acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As part of a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.